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  Utah Test and Training Range

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  Members of the Recovery Team watch as OSCAR and Vertigo Helicopters leave hanger to intercept capsule  

The Utah Test & Training Range provides the largest overland contiguous block of restricted airspace in the continental United States authorized for supersonic flight, available for aircrew training and weapons testing. The airspace, situated over 6,796 square kilometers (2,624 square miles), is under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Air Force. The remainder is managed by the U.S. Army at Dugway Proving Ground. Airspace boundaries do not necessarily coincide with the boundaries of the Defense Department land beneath the airspace.

Operated and maintained by the 388th Range Squadron based out of Hill Air Force Base some 50 miles to the east, the Utah Test & Training Range supports training numerous branches of the armed services and their allies with capabilities for air-to ground, air-to-air and ground force exercises. More than 22,000 training sorties and more than 1,000 test sorties are flown out on the range annually. It is used for testing munitions and propellants up to the most powerful ICBM rocket motors and non-nuclear explosive components.

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Monument purchased and designed by Genesis team members to commemorate the return to Earth View from space of the Utah Test and Training Range post return

The Air Force range is supporting Genesis by providing range imagery and targeting guidance. The range's mission control center — located at Hill Air Force Base — will radio information to the helicopter crews. An Air Force building at the Army's Michael Army Air Field will be home to the clean room erected to temporarily house the Genesis capsule after it is captured. button
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Curator: Aimee Meyer
Updated: November 2009

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